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Journal office hours this Friday

Due to staff vacations and harvest coverage The Journal office will be closed most of the day on Friday, July 26. Staff members will be out in the field gathering photos and information regarding this year’s wheat harvest....


School boards to discuss budget

The Lind and Ritzville School Board of Directors are meeting on Monday, July 29, at Lind-Ritzville Middle School to discuss the budget for the upcoming school year. The budget hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the library and is immediately followed by... Full story


Wahl, Killian to participate at DYW state

The state’s three national winners of the Distinguished Young Women, formerly America’s Junior Miss program, will emcee the Aug. 3 Washington state scholarship program set for Washington State University’s Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. The...


Lind-Hatton road construction updated

After completing rock crushing last week, work crews are now moving gravel as part of the Lind-Hatton Road reconstruction project. Apollo Inc. is the contractor handling the project, and closed Lind-Hatton Road between Highway 21 and Phillips Road...


Chamber promotes Lind’s available homes

The Lind Chamber of Commerce recently created housing forms to allow Lind residents and other individuals interested in moving to the community with an easily accessible form to advertise available properties in the town. The form allows residents...


Eckley inks deal with hospital

Physician Valerie Eckley returns to East Adams Rural Hospital beginning the first full week of August. She will work Tuesday through Friday in the clinic and is now scheduling patients. The district will pay Eckley a base salary of $92,538 per year.... Full story


Fair seeks department superintendents, volunteers

The Wheat Land Communities’ Fair is in need of volunteers to serve as superintendents in two departments. Superintendents are needed for field crops and photography departments. The fair board is also seeking help from volunteers to assist with a...


Fair’s guide book undergoes change

The annual tab published for the Wheat Land Communities’ Fair as a supplement of The Journal has undergone a name change, now being referred to as “The Exhibitor’s Guide.” The tab, formally known as “The Premium Book,” changed... Full story



Family and friends gathered at Memories Diner last Sunday to celebrate Molly Schmidt’s 108th birthday. Schmidt, who turned 108 on July 22, is the oldest resident in the Ritzville community and... Full story


LaCrosse receives $891,400 Ecology loan for sewer system repairs

With the final 2013-15 state biennial budget in hand, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has selected 72 clean water projects to receive a share of $152 million in loans and grants during the state’s next fiscal year, which began on...


Volunteers needed for Ritzville Parade

The Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for this year’s Ritzville Community Parade on Saturday, Aug. 31, and is currently seeking volunteers to assist with parade preparation and coordination. The annual Labor Day weekend parade is...



Nine of Blackie and Louise Reimers children met for a family reunion picnic in the Ritzville City Park on June 22. Those in attendance included: (back, left to right) Fran Rabaliati, Carrie Knight,... Full story



Around 100 family and friends gathered together on July 19 at the Plager ranch to celebrate Wes Plager’s 90th birthday. Family members present at the event are (back row, left to right) Jerad...



The Lind-Ritzville/Lamont Middle School Bulldogs team went undefeated last season with a 10-0 record. The team includes (back row, l-r) Coach Heidi Nygren, Emma Aldrich, Kacee Lofollette, Alarah...


Lucille M. Gallion

Lucille M. Gallion died at the age of 100 on Thursday, July 18, at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. She was born on Oct. 18, 1912, to Frank and Nellie (Cronkhite) Bakerin in Vernon County, Missouri.... Full story


Clyde Sherman Telecky

Clyde Sherman Telecky, a lifelong resident of Ritzville, died at age 95 on Thursday, July 18, at the Rose Garden Estates. He was born May 12, 1918, to Frank and Caroline (Olsen) Telecky. After...


Price for hospital costs more than $10 million

I would like to point out that in all the discussion about the hospital and how much it will cost – the entire discussion is focused around ten million dollars. Please be aware that borrowing ten million dollars is not free. I have noticed that...


Levies increase rates for taxpayers

The estimated cost of a new hospital is said to be no more than $50 annually for an owner/renter of a home assessed at $50,000 for perhaps the next 30 years. Look around, how many of the current residents of Ritzville can be expected to pay the hospi...


Time changed for DYW reception

The send-off reception for Distinguished Young Women Dalyn Killian and Maya Wahl has been changed due to a scheduling conflict to 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, at the Zion Philadelphia United Church of Christ fellowship hall. Killian and Wahl... Full story


Focus on repair costs, not cash flow for hospital

Some major misunderstandings and misrepresentations of the Hospital District’s finances have been making the rounds; here are the facts. The two key change points in the District’s cash-flow history have been the loss of the doctors at the end...


New hospital creates promising future for Ritzville

To paraphrase an old proverb, “We sit in the shade of trees others have planted.” Many years ago, those before us recognized a need and as residents we have benefited from their forethought. We need a new hospital in Ritzville! I spent two days... Full story


Hospital is necessary for Ritzville

There are many sides to the ongoing saga of the effort to decide whether or not to build a new hospital/clinic in Ritzville. To me, the question is not if we need a NEW hospital – it is whether we need a hospital at all. Again – to me, it is an...


Voting is a civic duty we should all take more seriously

Overall, voter turnout in Adams County fluctuates wildly depending upon the nature of the election. For instance, one of the best voter participations on record in recent years was the November 2012 General Election when 75.76 percent of voters sent... Full story

 By Dale Anderson    News    July 25, 2013

A Dang Good Reason...

When it comes to rating All-Star games in the professional ranks, I’m sure most people would rate football as the hands down worst of the lot simply because most players don’t want to be there and the defense usually leaves a lot to be desired.... Full story


Hummel takes the helm of local hangout

Since mid-June Lisa Hummel has expanded her role at the Ritzville Pastime Bar & Grill from employee to owner, effectively completing a dream of hers to one day own a bar. Hummel entered an agreement... Full story


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